Thursday, December 3, 2020

Library Manager II

Recruitment #19-4178-01

Introduction

THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. 

 

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted on-line.

DESCRIPTION


THE AGENCY
The Alameda County Library provides library services from ten libraries in the cities of Albany, Dublin, Fremont, Newark and Union City and the unincorporated communities of Castro Valley and San Lorenzo. Additional services are provided through Mobile and Outreach Services, Education and Literacy Services, and Social Justice Services.

The County Library was established in 1910 and is governed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. The Alameda County Library Advisory Commission advises County Librarian, Cynthia Chadwick, and the Board of Supervisors on library services.

The County Library is funded primarily by local property taxes, with additional revenue from State grants and contracts with cities for additional open hours and services.

The Board of Supervisors allocates a portion of a utility users and business license tax which is collected only in the unincorporated areas of the County to the Library for service to the unincorporated areas. The Alameda County Library Foundation and active Friends of the Library or Library League groups in each community support library programs and services.

To learn more about the Alameda County Library, please visit the website at: http://www.aclibrary.org/


THE POSITION

Under general direction plans, directs, coordinates and supervises the the work of a Library or Library Service within the County Library; trains, supervises, and evaluates staff assigned to work within the Library or Library Service; assists in the development and implementation of Library policies, procedures and service delivery programs; and performs related duties as required. 

The Library Manager II is the second professional supervisory level in the Library Manager Series.  This class is distinguished from the Library Manager I in that the Library Manager II is responsible for overseeing a library requiring a Library Assistant Manager or Library Service requiring a subordinate supervisor.  This class is distinguished from the Library Manager III in that the Library Manager II is responsible for overseeing a Library Service not requiring multiple subordinate supervisors.  This class is distinguished from the Library Assistant Manager in that the Library Manager II has full responsibility for a Library or Library Service including employees in professional classifications.


THE VACANCY

There is currently an immediate vacancy at our Union City Library located in a diverse community and across the street from the largest high school in Northern California. However the eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill vacancies in other program areas.


IDEAL CANDIDATE

In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:

• Experience providing excellent customer service to a diverse community, building strong relationships with internal and external partners, and leading staff through challenging times;
• Identify opportunities and take action to build strategic relationships with community groups and members;
• Generate innovative solutions in work situations; trying different and novel ways to find opportunities while working within available resources; 
• Demonstrate effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment;
• Exercise interpersonal sensitivity while working effectively with individuals of diverse cultures, interpersonal styles, abilities, motivations, or backgrounds;
• Principles and practices of supervision, management, and training;
• Implement policies, procedures, and services;
• Keep the organization's vision and values at the forefront of associate decision making and action;
• Problem solve and analyze;
• Demonstrate a willingness to commit to one's work and invest one's time, talent, and best efforts in accomplishing organizational goals;
• Make decisions, exercise judgement, and set priorities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

Possession of a Master's degree in Library Service awarded by an American Library Association accredited college or University.

AND

Experience:

Either I

The equivalent of one (1) year full-time experience as a Library Manager I or Librarian IV in the Alameda County classified service.

Or II

The equivalent of two (2) years full-time experience as a Library Assistant Manger or Librarian III in the Alameda County classified service.

Or III

The equivalent of three (3) years full-time experience as a Librarian II in the Alameda County classified service.

Or IV

The equivalent of four (4) years recent, full-time, responsible professional level library experience, including the equivalent of one (1) year full-time supervisory responsibility in a library.


NOTE:  The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of
  • Principles and practices of delivering library services via emerging technologies.
  • Public library programs, and their relationship to community needs.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, management, and training.
  • Library materials and formats in general use.
  • Library Automation applications and practices.
  • Library business methods, procedures, and practices.
  • Current technical services trends and practices.
  • Budgeting and resource management principles and practices.
  • Practical applications of library automation and circulation functions.
  • Tools and trends of collection and cataloging.
  • Popular materials, books and authors in several fields.
  • Community awareness.
  • Resource management.

Ability to:
  • Implement policies, procedures, and services.
  • Establish courses of action for self and others to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
  • Problem solve and analyze.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to commit to one's work and invest one's time, talent, and best efforts in accomplishing organizational goals.
  • Make decisions, exercise judgement, and set priorities.
  • Generate innovative solutions in work situations; trying different and novel ways to find opportunities.
  • Keep the organization's vision and values at the forefront of associate decision making and action.
  • Exercise interpersonal sensitivity while working effectively with individuals of diverse cultures, interpersonal styles, abilities, motivations, or backgrounds.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Utilize the latest technologies to provide high levels of service.
  • Make presentations to the public on library services and materials.
  • Identify opportunities and take action to build strategic relationships with community groups and members.
  • Classify and catalog library materials in various formats.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment.

EXAMINATION COMPONENTS

The examination will consist of the following steps:

1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.

2) A review of candidates’ Supplemental Questionnaires to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process.

3) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

 

CANDIDATES MUST ATTAIN A QUALIFYING RATING ON EACH PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION.

We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

 

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website, www.acgov.org/hrs.

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


TENTATIVE SELECTION PLAN:

Last Day for Filing:

5:00 P.M. Thursday, October 29, 2020

November 5, 2020 

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

November 10, 2020

Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified:

December 8, 2020

Oral Interviews:

Week of January 4, 2021

*Updated: 10/29/2020 (SK)

**This may be a combined oral examination/hiring interview which, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.

 

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED RECRUITMENT & SELECTION PLAN

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website, www.acgov.org/hrs.

BENEFITS

Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

Conclusion

All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add @acgov.org and Noreply@jobaps.com as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the 'My applications' button on the Current Job Openings page.

Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box Noreply@jobaps.com are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the bulletin for the recruitment for which you have applied.

 

Sandy Kim, Human Resources Analyst

Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

Sandy.Kim@acgov.org

(510) 272-6470

www.acgov.org/hrs

 

Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.